BIU-YU Science Program Celebrates 11 Years
More than two dozen students participating in this year's program
Bar-Ilan University extends a warm welcome to 28 US undergraduate students who are participating in the 11th annual Summer Science Research Internship Program. The program, a joint Bar-Ilan University-Yeshiva University initiative, enables students to gain hands-on experience in emerging scientific fields while being mentored by Israel's finest scientists.
Participants in this year's program hail from New York, New Jersey, Florida, Massachusetts, California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, and Texas.
During the six-week research experience, students are conducting intensive internships in the University's research laboratories with faculty members from the Institute for Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials, Gonda (Goldschmied) Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Alexander Kofkin Faculty of Engineering, Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, and the Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics, and Psychology.
This year's participants are students from Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, Princeton University, Queens College, Rutgers University, Hofstra University, The Cooper Union, Lander College for Women, and Washington University in St. Louis.
Prof. Arlene Wilson-Gordon, of Bar-Ilan's Department of Chemistry, is directing this year's program. Based on the students' academic background and interests, she paired them with Bar-Ilan faculty members and research assignments that would best enhance their summer experience and promote individual growth and career development. "This is a tremendous opportunity for students from abroad to participate in research in Bar-Ilan's state-of-the-art labs and to get to know researchers from all the diverse sectors of Israeli society'" says Gordon. "Over the years we've benefited from the significant contributions of hundreds of talented students to advancing research in our labs," she adds.
The program also includes half-day trips to scientific, industrial, medical, agricultural and other sites around the country, including IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries), the laboratories of the Agriculture Research Organization (Volcani Center), Teperberg Winery, the Institute for Torah and the Land of Israel, and more, as well as lectures by BIU scholars on a range of topics, night activities, Torah learning, and Shabbatonim at YU's Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, where the group is housed.
Students provide their own transportation to/from Israel. The program is generously funded by the late Dr. Mordecai Katz OBM and Dr. Monique Katz, the Irving I. Stone Foundation, Joan Seidel, Zoltan Erenyi Fund and Yeshiva University.